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    South Korea moon exploration ambitions

    South had announced plans for a lunar rover and lander to be launched in 2020.

    Now they have signed an agreement with India to co-operate in lunar exploration. This includes India sharing of data of lunar surface and radiation data collected by Chandrayan–1.

    http://www.business-standard.com/art...1800620_1.html

    The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) and the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) on Monday issued a joint statement committing to cooperation in the areas of lunar exploration, satellite navigation and space science.

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    South Korea expressed hopes of joint exploration of the moon and space programs with the United States.

    http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news....html?16f3cef0

    President Park Geun-hye voiced hope Wednesday that South Korea and the United States will boost cooperation in lunar exploration and other space programs.

    South Korea joined the global space club with a successful launch of a satellite into orbit in 2013, though its rocket was built in cooperation with Russia.

    South Korea is seeking to develop the country's own space vehicle by 2020 before launching its lunar orbiter and a moon probe.

    "I hope that South Korea and the U.S. will expand cooperation on lunar exploration and space," Park said during a visit to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.

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    I'd like their shipyards to build Sea Dragon

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    We now have a year for the orbiter, 2018 before the lander in 2020.

    http://www.astrowatch.net/2015/12/so...ploration.html

    South Korea's science ministry said Wednesday it plans to launch a lunar exploration project next year, eventually seeking to send a landing vessel by 2020. Under the first stage of the project that will run from 2016 to 2018, the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning will allocate 197.8 billion won (US$169 million) to conduct research and send an orbiter.

    The ministry said it has already secured a 20 billion-won budget for 2016.

    South Korea plans to develop the orbiter and the ground station independently with its own technologies, the ministry added.

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    South Korea is putting serious $$$ into their moon ambitions.

    http://www.business-standard.com/art...2900316_1.html

    The science ministry on Sunday said it has also agreed with relevant ministries to allocate 200 billion won for the next three years to launch its first lunar exploration, The Korea Herald reported.

    Starting this year, the project will focus on developing a robotic orbiter designed to circle the moon and a ground station to process data to be transmitted from space.

    The three-year project is the first phase of the nation's space program aimed at sending a landing vessel to the moon by 2020.

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    More details of South Korea's space ambitions. If they succeed with their moon plans, they are eyeing Mars for 2027.

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    Now we have a date for when South Korea will launch its moon mission. This information is thanks to an article on America's contribution to that mission.

    https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-se...-lunar-orbiter

    "NASA has selected an instrument developed by investigators at Arizona State University and Malin Space Science Systems as a U.S. contribution to the Korea Aerospace Research Institute’s (KARI) first lunar exploration mission, Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO). ShadowCam will address Strategic Knowledge Gaps, or lack of information required to reduce risk, increase effectiveness, and improve the designs of future human and robotic missions. ShadowCam joins four KARI-developed instruments on KPLO.

    KARI, headquartered in Daejeon, South Korea, provided NASA with about 33 pounds (15 kilograms) of payload mass aboard the KPLO, which is scheduled to launch into lunar orbit in December 2018. In September 2016, NASA issued a solicitation seeking science instruments that could increase our understanding of the distribution of volatiles, such as water, including the movement of such resources toward permanently shadowed regions and how they become trapped there."

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    The mission has been delayed to December 2020.


    http://m.koreatimes.co.kr/phone/news...newsidx=234538

    "Korea postponed the launch of its lunar orbiter to 2020 instead of next year, according to the government, Thursday.

    The Ministry of Science and ICT said it held a national space development committee meeting a day earlier and decided to give the lunar orbiter development project two more years.

    The ministry has conducted a thorough inspection on the progress, risk, and schedule of the orbiter development project earlier this year and concluded that it will be difficult to complete the project by 2018 as originally planned."
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    Now the lander to the moon will only be in 2030.

    http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news...005800320.html

    South Korea unveiled a long-term plan Monday to secure indigenous space technology with the aim of successfully landing a spaceship on the moon by 2030, the science ministry said.

    Under the roadmap crafted and finalized by the Ministry of Science and ICT, the government will secure the necessary basic technology to send a spacecraft into lunar orbit by 2020 and to land it on the surface of Earth's satellite a decade later.

    In order to meet the goal, the ministry will begin analyzing critical related technology starting in 2019, officials said.

    It marks the first time that the Moon Jae-in administration, which took office in May 2017, has mapped out a long-term strategy for space exploration. In the past, the country has mostly been busy with narrowing a technology gap with powerhouses such as the United States and Russia, the ministry said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by selvaarchi View Post
    Now the lander to the moon will only be in 2030.

    http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news...005800320.html
    It has slipped to 2022.

    http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news...006500320.html

    South Korea's government will inject 604.2 billion (US$566 million) to develop technology for space exploration in 2018, down 9.3 percent from a year earlier, the government said Wednesday.

    The Ministry of Science and ICT announced this year's budget after adjusting its long-term roadmap, including plans to send an unmanned spaceship to the moon.

    Under the new plan, the government will postpone the production of a nuclear-powered battery cell necessary for the lunar project from 2020 to 2022.

    "The reason for the decreased budget is that this year's budget for the lunar project was not reflected due to the postponement," a ministry official said.

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    "South Korean leader vows ‘landing on the moon by 2030’"

    https://spacenews.com/south-korean-l...-moon-by-2030/

    President Moon Jae-in of South Korea has vowed to launch the nation’s first robotic lunar lander on a domestically developed rocket by 2030. Moon also said feasibility studies are underway for sending a spacecraft to Apophis, an asteroid that will pass near Earth in 2029.

    These space exploration goals were unveiled, along with a set of other plans aimed at bolstering the nation’s space development capabilities, during his March 25 speech at Naro Space Center in Goheung.
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    The news info and data for the S.Korean space program is typically in a state of change
    It might be good to take historical note that South Korea was going through scandals the past few years and perhaps found itself distracted, there were wide spread street protests. The scandal involved a religious cult trying to control the S.Korean government and a diplomatic cable from the U.S. embassy in Seoul, later made public by WikiLeaks, reported subsequent rumors that Choi was a "Korean Rasputin" part of a Shamanism cult who "had complete control over Park's body and soul during her formative years and this whole scandal distracted from the growth of S.Koreas space program. I believe after the scandal with the religious cut passed in 2018/2019 the S.Korean space program has been able to get back on track.


    Somebody uplaoded a vid to a social media channel showing a Moon mission animation.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2UU8B4_br8

    In 2008 they had an astronaut on the ISS, Yi So-yeon a biotechnologist became the first Korean to fly in space. After the ISS mission Yi continued as a KARI researcher. 2014, the Korean Aerospace Research Institute announced Yi had resigned for personal reasons.

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    http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/engli...al/825661.html

    Also
    https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/1375386803507769344
    ' Korea Space Launch Vehicoe, Nuri, designed to carry 1,500-kg sat to LEO, now scheduled for October flight. Kuri's the basis of long-term plan including smallsat launcher & heavier rocket. '

    https://twitter.com/Kor_Spaceflight/...64897235468288
    'The launch of the Korean lunar orbiter - KPLO spacecraft on the @SpaceX
    Falcon9 rocket has been delayed to July, 2022 due to technical issues. (* Launch mass is increased from 500kg to 678kg, and the orbit will change between an elliptical & circular during the mission.)'


    Naro Space Center is a South Korean spaceport in South Jeolla's Goheung County, operated by the state-run Korea Aerospace Research Institute.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naro_Space_Center
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    "South Korea’s First Lunar Orbiter to be Launched in August Next Year"

    http://www.businesskorea.co.kr/news/...ml?idxno=75748

    The Diplomat reported on Sept. 4 that South Korea’s first lunar orbiter will be launched in August next year in cooperation with NASA. On Aug. 30, the Ministry of Science and ICT announced that the lunar orbiter currently in the process of development is now equipped with NASA’s high-precision camera for lunar surface research.



    South Korea joined the Artemis Accords in May this year. The agreement concluded in 2017 by NASA, the European Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency is to build a lunar gateway by international cooperation. The high-precision camera of the Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter is to collect lunar surface data as a part of the accords.
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